Located in downtown OKC are the beautiful and relaxing Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. The gardens are a full city block of beautifully landscaped acreage, complete with tiered levels, and a small lake…Located in the middle of Myriad Botanical Gardens, is the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory.
The conservatory is a unique, 70 foot tall building that is covered in translucent panels. On one end of the conservatory is the lobby, which often houses art collections, and a small reading library for children.
The conservatory offers 13,000 sq ft of tropical plants,
a 35 foot tall waterfall,
and come down the other side of the skywalk in the tropical dry climate,
The conservatory is set up to mimic two distinct climate zones: the tropical wet at the beginning of the tour, and the tropical dry climate at the other end of the conservatory. Both were beautiful,and had fascinating plants in them.
The conservatory map takes you on a self-guided tour, where you start at the top!
The view down into the conservatory is beautiful. The whole thing is so very peaceful! The sound of the waterfall drowns out any ‘outside’ noise.There are dozens of unusual flowers,Halfway down the stairs on the desert end, there is a little room that has some enclosures in it, where the kids enjoyed checking out the animals that were in them…
There were so many unique flowers scattered throughout the vegetation.
Just when flower-hunter Emma and I had thought that we had noticed them all, another batch of colorful flowers would materialize out of nowhere! Almost missed these Q-Tip flowers… (not really what they are called, but they make me think of Q-Tips every time I looked at them! lol)… Emma and I could have walked through the conservatory a few more times looking for more flowers that we missed, while the boys were busy checking out the more ‘manly’ plants in the dry climate area (and discussing how they could use them as weapons/self defense)…In the Tropical Conservatory, it was easy to get lost in your surroundings, and forget that you are in the midst of a bustling city’s popular downtown area! It was so peaceful and relaxing, and we all kept finding interesting new plants.After touring the conservatory, we headed outside to check out the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Children’s Garden.Where there are extensive flower beds, lots of room to run and jump and play, and even some playground equipment like these one person merry-go rounds…
Joel liked the view from the nest… And we all liked the view – the Myriad Botanical Gardens are beautiful from anywhere on the block, and are free for exploration! While you do need tickets to tour the conservatory, the gardens, including both splash areas, are open and free to the public! There are beautiful areas for a picnic, but if you don’t want to pack one, on the grounds is a sit-down restaurant called The Park House. We loved our visit to the Crystal Bridge Conservatory, and to the Myriad Botanical Gardens! Both were peaceful and calming, and it was the perfect afternoon wrap up after touring the nearby Oklahoma Memorial Museum.